tall oil


ˈtäl- How to pronounce tall oil (audio)
: a resinous by-product from the manufacture of chemical wood pulp used especially in making soaps, coatings, and oils

Example Sentences

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Word History


partial translation of German Tallöl, partial translation of Swedish tallolja, from tall pine + olja oil

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tall oil was in 1909

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“Tall oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tall%20oil. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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